School is out for the year, but preparation for the 2019-20 school year already has begun for Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown In­depen­dent Schools.

Vine Grove Ele­men­tary, Meadow View Elementary School in Radcliff and Radcliff Elementary School are searching for new principals, said Teresa Morgan, HCS superintendent. The school district began taking applications May 20 for the Meadow View and Vine Grove positions.

Meadow View’s current principal, Althea Hurt, is leaving to work in Bullitt County Public Schools next school year. Hurt began her tenure as principal during the 2014-15 school year. In a letter posted on Meadow View’s Facebook page, Hurt described her decision as bittersweet.

“I truly believe that we have gathered a group of talented and passionate teachers and staff that together make up this awesome school. I am just one part, not a bigger nor a smaller part,” she wrote.

Meanwhile James Luttrell, who began his tenure as principal at Vine Grove last year, resigned, Morgan said. Morgan referred the News-Enterprise to Luttrell for comments on his own resignation. Luttrell did not respond to comment requests on his resignation by 5 p.m. Monday.

RADCLIFF ELEMENTARY. In the 2018-19 school year, Rad­cliff Ele­men­tary School was designated as a Com­prehensive Support and Improvement school. The designation, which originates from the Ken­tucky Department of Education, is given to schools that are among the lowest performing in the state.

As a CSI school, the authority of Radcliff’s school-based decision council, which can hire principals, is suspended and transferred to Morgan. Morgan said she will create an advisory council to help her hire the new principal.

The school’s current principal, Jacinta Pleasant, will work at John Hardin High School for the upcoming school year, Morgan said. Pleasant was hired in the summer of 2018, but the CSI designation was based on data from the 2017-18 school year, when the school was under the leadership of Chris Corder, who is now the district’s transportation director. Pleasant previously taught at John Hardin and North Hardin High School.

“We felt we needed to go a direction that allowed for elementary experience with elementary curriculum to help with the continuation of the turnaround plan that we developed with KDE’s assistance,” Morgan said.

As part of Radcliff’s distinction as a CSI school, the district was required to submit a turnaround plan to improve Radcliff Elementary to the state. The plan was approved in April by the Hardin County Board of Education.

Morgan said there is no set date on when any of the positions will be filled. In the cases of Vine Grove and Meadow View, the school-based decision councils must be trained before they can select a principal. Vine Grove’s council has completed its training, Morgan said.

Once training is complete for both councils, council members must review principal applications and conduct interviews, which can be a lengthy process, Morgan said.

“It really is when we can get through the process,” she said.

EIS SEEKS WORK­FORCE READ­INESS COOR­D­­IN­ATOR. Susan Ryan, Elizabethtown Independent workforce readiness coordinator, said she is stepping down from her role within the next few weeks.

Ryan has served in numerous roles in the school district for the past 15 years. Ryan said last week she was unsure on what her next career move would be and didn’t rule out returning to education.

“I think I’m going to work for my husband about three days a week for the time being,” she said. “Right now, I want to do part-time for a little while.”

Ryan’s husband, Kevin, works as a financial advisor for Edward Jones.

Ryan, who called the school district “phenomenal,” said she still has unfinished business in the school district. Later this month she will travel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston with the Eliza­bethtown High School InvenTeam.

This past school year, the team received a $10,000 grant to build a safety monitor prototype. The device is meant to prevent injuries and fatalities for workers and rescuers in confined spaces. The team will give a presentation on its invention during the visit.

The district began taking applications May 9 for Ryan’s job.

The workforce coordinator has numerous responsibilities, including organizing career-pathway related activities, such as career day, and developing a work ethic certification program for the district, which is slated to start next school year.

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or tcrumbie@thenewsenterprise.com.

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